Label Solutions Explains Label Durability

Durable Labels: Is Your Label Tough Enough?

Have you witnessed the ink smear off a label once it gets wet? Have you had trouble reading your product labels because they fade quickly? If you’re a business owner or a production manager, the last thing you want is to spend time and money on labels that don’t work. You need durable labels that can withstand the necessary conditions. In today’s blog, Label Solutions explains label durability in detail.

What Makes Our Labels Durable?

The Substrates

First, the substrate impacts the label’s ability to endure the elements. Vinyl substrates are useful for outdoor durability and Polyesters for indoor durability. Label Solutions has the expertise to help you choose the best material to print your label on.   

The Adhesives

We specialize in gas cylinder labels with strong adhesives and durable materials to withstand any weather condition. Our clean-peel adhesive makes labels easy to remove and leaves behind no residue. Our sub-zero adhesives stay bonded even in the coldest temperatures, while all temperature labels remain secure in cold or hot temperatures. 

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What We Offer 

Tags on a Roll® Program 

At Label Solutions Inc., we offer our patented Tags on a Roll® labeling product, the perfect solution for quick and reliable labeling for indoor and outdoor applications. Tags on a Roll® labels are perfect for demanding applications, including welding materials, compressed gas, and medical applications. This durable product comes in two sizes for a variety of uses. Contact us today to learn more about Tags on a Roll®.

In-House Durability Testing

Label Solutions takes durability to the next level. Our in-house weather testing assures our customers that the labels they order are made to last. During a laboratory simulation, we replicate rain and dew through a condensation system to test the label’s durability. Also, we use UV lamps to simulate the damaging forces of the sun.

Cryoband® 

Our patented Cryoband® series allows you to customize your company name and logo on each label. This premium, durable product is designed to stay on your cylinder for many years. The Cryoband® label is abrasion resistant and doesn’t leave any glue behind after removal. 

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Maximum Durability at Label Solutions Inc

If your label needs to stand up to extreme environmental conditions, Label Solutions can help. If your label needs to be tough enough to combat corrosive chemicals and excessive handling, Label Solutions can help with that, too. Call (800) 299-9200 or request a quote for your durable labels.

8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #1: Construction vs Artwork & Compliance

8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes - Part 1: Construction vs Artwork & Compliance

At Label Solutions, Inc., our first priority is always the success of your business. There are lots of small mistakes that are commonly made by business owners when they are planning their product labels and packaging. Those small mistakes can lead to big problems down the road, so the team at Label Solutions is here to help!

We have prepared an 8-part blog series that explains common mistakes that business owners make, with expert insider knowledge that can help your business succeed.

Today, we cover Mistake #1: Misunderstanding the Difference Between Label Construction vs. Artwork & Compliance. Stay tuned to our blog for each weekly installment in this 8-part series!

The Construction of the Label

The Construction of the Label is the material selected and the production process to produce the label. When creating a new label from the ground up, it is important to factor in how your product will be produced, necessary shipping and supply chain needs, how it is stored in inventory, and how it will be presented at the POS. Understanding the environments your product will be exposed to throughout its life cycle will give you an advantage when approving substrate material, inks, and the strength of an adhesive that might be necessary for your application.

The Artwork & Compliance of the Label

The Artwork & Compliance of the Label refers to the overall design of the label, artwork, customer messaging, barcodes, and regulatory requirements you need to follow in order to avoid serious government fines that might relate to your industry (Referring to agencies such as OHSA, DOT, and the FDA).

Compliance Safety Net

Most label providers do not have the in-house expertise to offer compliance assistance. Although it is still the manufacturer who is liable for all final artwork approvals on their product, label providers that do offer advisory services can help update label content when regulatory changes are enacted. This safety net can save your company from extra production costs and potentially, excessive legal time and material costs. In short, you should always review final label artwork approvals with your compliance team and/or legal expert, but it never hurts to have a safety net to help eliminate unnecessary orders or production delays.

In most cases, the construction of the label does not apply to the compliance of the label. However, the electronics industry is an exception. Their industry uses UL (Underwriter Laboratories) labels that must meet UL specifications and be produced under-recognized UL files. In other words, the compliance of a UL label is the construction of the label.

Best Method Approach

An excellent example of companies that understand the difference between Label Construction vs Label Artwork & Compliance can be found in the compressed gas industry. Gas suppliers and distributors require long term regulatory compliant labels on their cylinders and micro-bulk tanks. These gas tanks are used in a wide variety of industries, such as for manufacturing, welding, medical procedures, and specialty gas mixes for the microelectronics industry.

Compressed Gas Industry Requirements

The compressed gas industry requires that its labels follow strict, up-to-date OHSA and DOT compliance requirements. As for the construction of the label, it is common practice that the label remains legible on the cylinder for an average of five years. This 5-year duration is due to the millions of tanks that are in circulation throughout the U.S. and Canada. Also, each label is produced to adhere to the cylinder's metal surface during extreme outdoor weather conditions, such as fluctuating temperatures, freezing rain, high winds, and direct sunlight year-round.

Reach Out to the Team at Label Solutions, Inc.

At Label Solutions, Inc., we provide specialty labeling for businesses across many industries. Whether you need labeling for compressed gas cylinders or food and beverage products, we are prepared to deliver outstanding results. To learn more about everything we offer, contact the team at Label Solutions today.

Be sure to stay tuned and check out the next installment in our 8-part blog series, Mistake #2: Applying Labels Incorrectly to Your Products.

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